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Another shake-up at the Newport Daily Express

NEWPORT — For the second time in less than a year, a publisher at the Newport Daily Express is out, and the paper is tight-lipped as to the reasons why. Back in November of 2016, then publisher Ken Wells was fired and Patricia “Trish” Sears of Lowell took over the position. Sears was the founder… Keep Reading


Police: Newport man goes on overnight crime spree

NEWPORT — A Newport man is being charged after an overnight crime spree ended with him being chased by police through Craftsbury this morning. Tyrone Perry, 22, is charged with burglary, unlawful trespass, leaving the scene of an accident, possession of stolen property, violation of conditions of release, and resisting arrest. At around 7:00 a.m.… Keep Reading


Man injured after being thrown from motorcycle in Craftsbury

CRAFTSBURY — A 27-year-old man from Walcott was taken to the hospital after a motorcycle accident in Craftsbury on Friday. At around 10:00 a.m. emergency workers were notified of the crash, which took place on VT Route 14. The operator was identified as Evan Lloyd. Police say Lloyd was headed north when his motorcycle, a… Keep Reading


Bluffside Farm in Newport hunting lottery announced

NEWPORT — Following last year’s successful first hunting season on Bluffside Farm in Newport, the Vermont Land Trust has decided to hold a lottery for hunting on the property again this year. The land trust plans to issue permission for deer hunting at Bluffside during two periods: October 21 to November 3, and November 11… Keep Reading


NCH building rededicated and renamed after Sidney A. Toll

NEWPORT — The Medical Arts Building at North Country Hospital is now the Sidney A. Toll Memorial Building. Referred to by many who knew him as Sid, Toll served the hospital for 30 years, beginning as Controller and then promoted to Chief Financial Officer. In 1987, Toll was appointed President and CEO, where he served… Keep Reading

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Derby man facing arson charges

DERBY — A fire destroyed a home in Derby on Wednesday, and police say that a local man is facing arson charges. Shawn Flynn, 50, of Derby was arrested following the incident. At around 3:00 p.m. the Derby Line Fire Department responded to a report of a fully engulfed structure fire at 56 Quarry Circle… Keep Reading

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Daigle-Farney joins OCRJ Board of Directors

NEWPORT — Lisa Daigle-Farney recently joined the Board of Directors for the Orleans County Restorative Justice Center. Daigle-Farney is no stranger to helping her community or to the idea of restorative justice in general. “I believe my past experience, which is 37 years in the fields of education and human services, has given me the… Keep Reading

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Newport suicide walk raises $17,000

NEWPORT — The 6th annual Out of the Darkness Community Walk took place on Saturday through downtown Newport, hosted by the Vermont chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). Starting at Gardner Memorial Park at 10 a.m., this year 200 walkers raised around $17,000 for AFSP’s local and national education and advocacy programs.… Keep Reading

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NEKLS welcomes Connie Miner and Peter Alexander

NEWPORT — Peter Alexander may have retired from his physical education work at North Country Union High School, but he certainly hasn’t retired from helping people stay fit. Alexander joined the Northeast Kingdom Learning Services (NEKLS) team to run a group of outdoor activities for NEKLS staff and students. He has already set up and… Keep Reading


Instagram of the week | Lake Willoughby

Be sure to follow us on Instagram. High above Lake Willoughby in Westmore, #Vermont leaves starting to get some color. #vermontlife #vermontphotography #lakewilloughby #nekvt #newportvt #vermontshots #dronestagram A post shared by Newport Dispatch News (@newportdispatch) on Sep 4, 2017 at 7:01pm PDT Keep Reading


West Charleston man facing charges

WEST CHARLESTON — A West Charleston man is facing charges after police say he aided in two controlled purchases of heroin. Michael McFarland, 33, of West Charleston, was arrested on Thursday for two charges of violation of conditions of release and two charges of aiding in the commission of a felony. Members of the Northern… Keep Reading


Newport community walk to focus on suicide prevention

NEWPORT — More than 200 people are expected to participate in the annual Newport Out of the Darkness Community Walk hosted by the Vermont chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) on Saturday, September 9, at Gardner Memorial Park. This fundraising walk supports the AFSP’s local and national education and advocacy programs, and… Keep Reading


Eye doctor returns home to Newport

NEWPORT — Dr. Sean Pinard OD, a graduate of North Country Union High School in 2009, has come back to Vermont and joined the Newport Optical team. Dr. Pinard graduated from the University of Vermont in 2013 with a BA in Biology. In 2017 he earned his Doctorate in Optometry at the Southern College of… Keep Reading

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